So, a few weeks ago I bid on three items at a silent auction, and I paid 30 bucks for each. It was for a worthy cause.
I contacted the two people from whom I'd purchased the three items. One person returned my email, set a date, backed off on the date, set a new date which was the wrong date, and when I pointed that out said he would check his calendar and come back with a real date. That was over a month ago.
The other person has never checked his email.
So, now I know. If you are at a silent auction and the item is in front of you, bid on it. If that item involves someone else donating time in exchange for your donated money, do not expect any "value" for your donation. It's all for charity.
On a happier note, I woke up to someone on NPR discussing watercolors. I remembered I once could paint watercolors. It has been at least twenty years, though, and I think I've unlearned everything. I could start over from scratch, and I still have all the supplies.
On an even happier note, Gary awoke to me cleaning the floor with my Scooba. He sang out happily "Oh! You're playing with your robot," and I realized he truly believes the reason I wash the floor once a week is because I like to use the robot "toy."